Iowa GOP in Cleveland dreams of a Senate grab

iowa flag shape of iowaCLEVELAND — Talk to Iowa’s Republican convention delegation about their presidential nominee, and you might get a smattering of applause. But mention bright prospects for the Iowa GOP taking over the state Senate, and you might get a standing ovation.

Republicans in Iowa control the governor’s office and the Iowa House. The Senate, however, has been in split or full Democratic control for more than a decade. Democrats currently hold a 26-23-1 majority after Sen. David Johnson of Ocheyedan left the GOP in protest rather than jump board the Trump train.

In event after event this week there was talk of taking the Legislature and removing Senate Majority Leader Mike Gronstal from his post at the Senate gate.

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